Days 17 & 18: Viva Oaxaca!

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It’s happening again!  Nostalgia. A few years ago I made a bold move.  I found a Spanish language school online, made reservations, purchased a plane ticket, and left the U.S. for the first time.  I was alone and on my way to Oaxaca, Mexico with only faith, a few bucks in my pocket, a Spanish/English dictionary, and a lot of balls.  Luckily for me, everything panned out.  I met a few good friends, climbed up to the top of a waterfall and pyramid, sprained an ankle, and met my new best friend, Mezcal.  The trip only got better with the addition of the World Cup and having Spanish class in a bar while watching a few cute guys kick a tiny ball across the screen.  Okay, I’m getting away from the purpose of this post.  What I miss the most about Mexico is the food.  More specifically, Tania’s* cooking!  I lived with Tania and her family during my stay and boy can that woman cook a mean egg with frijoles negros.  For the past two days I’ve been dishing up a few eggs and black beans with salsa in honor of this amazing food goddess.  I think I’m going to cry!

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Fried Egg w/ Black Beans and Salsa, Grapes and Papaya

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Fried Egg, Ezekiel toast, w/ Salsa and Avocado, Fruit Salad

When I wasn’t eating, in school, or at work, I just hung out with the most adventurous (another word for crazy) European friends.  One day you’re minding your own business and then the next you’re on a seven hour bus ride to Mexico City in search of absolutely nothing but trouble.  Well, there were some good things too like…..

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…… climbing that pyramid,

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checking out the amazing work of Diego Rivera, visiting the house he shared with Frida Kahlo and…..

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throwing back a few cervezas in the middle of Mexico City while watching the World Cup on the big screen.

Ahhh, Mexico, I miss ya!

Salud!

*Name change.

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